Kia Australia has recalled certain Sportage SUV and Stinger sedans that could catch fire even when they are switched off.
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Kia Australia has recalled 57,851 vehicles in Australia because they could catch fire even when the engine is switched off.

The recall comprises 56,203 examples of the Kia Sportage mid-size family SUV, and 1648 examples of the Kia Stinger sedan, which pose a potential fire risk due to an electronic fault under the bonnet.

The affected vehicles were sold between 14 April 2015 and 20 October 2020 – with the affected Sportage models stamped Model Years 2016-2021, and the affected Stingers marked Model Years 2017-2019.

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), responsible for the anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control system and traction control system, can remain live even when the vehicle is switched off. If moisture enters the HECU, an electrical short circuit can occur."

"If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked – a vehicle fire could increase the risk injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and/or damage to property," the notice continues.

A spokesperson for Kia in Australia told CarAdvice there have been no known cases of the fault locally.

A complete list of the vehicle identification numbers for the 57,851 cars involved in the most recent recall can be found here (Sportage models) and here (Stinger models).

To have your vehicle checked, find your closest Kia dealership by clicking here.